Not long after I got saved, I read Matthew 7:7-8… …and I asked for my eyesight to be restored. You see, my prescription has been very strong since I was a second grader in elementary school. I went through several pair of glasses a year for a while as my eyesight quickly changed, and thenContinue reading “A Prayer Answered”
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I was out and about this morning, driving along my way, when I noticed some road work up ahead and was a little aggravated that we all had to slow down and move to the far right lane single-file to get past the work. It was apparent on closer inspection that the work being doneContinue reading “Unsung Heros”
“Blessed are the mercifu…
“Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7
This is what I thought recently when the nurse at the care center said “What is this? Oh, you’re just a volunteer” when I asked her to sign the form to confirm I had been there visiting my hospice patient. I have been volunteering for hospice for almost four years now. Most of my patients have been suffering slow deaths. They have been old and either have Alzheimers or one of the other diseases that take away a person’s speech, memory, mobility, independence, and dignity.
I have been visiting this particular patient, Mary, for a year and a half and am always amazed at her ability to maintain a pleasant, smiling, and laughing demeanor despite her affliction. On her “off” days, she just exists. No smiles, no recognition. Just a blank gaze. She has never been mean as can be the case sometimes. Such a sweet lady.
Mary is confined to bed or a wheelchair. She depends on others to feed, bathe, and dress her. She is on oxygen. She is incontinent.
I have never met Mary’s family but I know they send her cards because I see them on her wall. I also see the Easter decorations they put on her window. I don’t know how much they visit. It must be very painful for them to see their loved one in such a condition. I would not judge them.
Mary is a blessing to me. If I go there feeling down or upset, I leave feeling at peace and thankful. Her gift to me is the blessing of gratitude and a sincere heart brought about by her sweet childlike demeanor and dependence.
Yes. I’m just a volunteer, but I love this woman whom I never knew any other way. She’s like a child and I will be her advocate to make sure she is getting the care she deserves. My gift to her.
I JUST NEEDED A JOB!
Over the years, I’ve been asked how I learned to be a custom picture framer and frankly, I never thought it was much of an interesting story to be shared until I actually told someone. I mean, really, it started because I was a wimp. At least I thought I was. Back in 1985, afterContinue reading “I JUST NEEDED A JOB!”
A PERIOD DAY VS. AN EXCLAMATION POINT DAY
When I see an exclamation point, I think of my Grandma Ferne who used them freely in her letter writing. Many sentences, even the mundane (sorry, Grandma) were punctuated with three or four exclamation points. She must have been excited telling about her life. The thing is, Grandma was not a very expressive personContinue reading “A PERIOD DAY VS. AN EXCLAMATION POINT DAY”
One Of Those God Things
I hadn’t slept a wink last night and remember looking at the clock the last time at 7:30 am this morning. At 8:00 I was finally in dreamland when I was awakened by the phone ringing. I ignored it. Three minutes later the phone rang again and since my boys are known to call againContinue reading “One Of Those God Things”
A GREAT JOB
With Christmas almost upon us and tomorrow being the last day of school to exchange gifts before the holiday vacation, I was trying to think of something a little different to do for my boss, Martina, and co-worker, Bill, for Christmas. I’ve already bought a little something for each of them but it doesn’t seemContinue reading “A GREAT JOB”
Sometimes my husband gets bothered because he thinks men are portrayed as stupid by the media (especially commercials). I think the media also portrays women as sex objects who are only successful and desirable when made to look like ‘ Barbie’. I feel like rolling my eyes when I see a tv show in whichContinue reading “Misconceptions”
This is my first post. Lot’s of work to do!